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  • 66°N 

    Hofstede, Nicholas Anton (2007)
    '66°N' is the design for a large-scale ecotourism hotel that takes advantage of dynamic and shifting environmental conditions of Greenland to visually and physically register the changes in the fragile arctic environment. ...
  • A grassroots war on poverty: Community action and urban politics in Houston, 1964-1976 

    Phelps, Wesley G. (2010)
    Grassroots studies of the implementation of the federal antipoverty initiatives of the 1960s and 1970s are showing that the War on Poverty did not operate in a vacuum; rather, it was profoundly shaped by a multifarious ...
  • A plan for the urban expansion of la Democracia, Escuintla (Guatemala) 

    Bruderer, Carlos Andres (1996)
    In the next 25 years, la Democracia, a town of 4000 people in the Pacific coastal plains of Guatemala, Central America, will double in population if current population growth trends continue. In this thesis, the author ...
  • A public landscape for Galveston, Texas 

    Engblom, Stephen Carl (1996)
    A lack of non-commodified public space in Galveston was revealed through a series of analysis. The current state of a town that is undergoing a transformation from an agro-industrial economy to a tourist based economy is ...
  • A study of environmental semiotics in the production of a mixed-income housing complex 

    Hall, Kelvin Brian (1996)
    Our present society does not actively promote ideas of segregation. We all confront one another at some point in time, regardless of race, sex, or financial status. However, the majority of designs for today's housing ...
  • A waste water treatment plant as a contemporary public space 

    Ziegler, Claudia Jeanne (2007)
    The piazza is failing as a typology of public space in Florence, Italy due to sprawl, tourism, and the profuse use of the car. However, the city of Florence keeps building new piazzas to act as a public space inside the ...
  • Action potentials: Building an urban landscape through discreet moments 

    Williams, Katherine (2004)
    A need in Houston exists---to encourage thickening of existing older neighborhoods. This thickness, the haphazard nature of events and performances found in everyday living, is fostered by building types that define our ...
  • Agencies of reassurance 

    Carney, Jason Michael (2004)
    With the onset of nomadic threats and non-state terror networks in the twenty-first century, ideas of centrality and monumentality in American metropolitan architecture must be re-examined. The attacks of September 11th ...
  • Amphibious landscapes 

    Fisher, Lynn Lucille (1999)
    The ground in Houston is a shifting landscape of heavy clay soils, flat topography, and intense rainfall. When this environment is overlaid with fixed, man-made infrastructures, the two systems interact to exacerbate natural ...
  • An analysis of the between space in the experimental city (Texas) 

    Dokos, Kelli Ann (1993)
    Houston is the rebellious younger sibling of the traditional city, a product of the tug-of-war between the amorphous historic past and the open field of future possibilities; this dichotomy contributes to the form of the ...
  • An architecture for Wichita (Kansas) 

    Reber, Ralfe David, Jr (1991)
    An improbable relationship exists between monumentality, which is called Apollonian--universal and timeless--and regionalism, which is Dionysian--local and time-specific. A city requires an architecture that is both, an ...
  • An architecture of object((ive)(s)(ivity)): Operations on the urban field 

    Stevens, Kevin Andrew (1993)
    Historically, architectural projects are based on a critically defined position within the culture of which they are a product. In the city of white noise there is no inherent direction or critically definable positions ...
  • Appropriate housing solutions for the fast-growing middle class in Karachi 

    Lari, Mihail S. (1998)
    Fifty years after independence, Karachi, Pakistan's most important metropolis, continues to suffer from a widespread shortage of suitable housing and infrastructure. The recent growth of the newly empowered middle class ...
  • Appropriating [negative] space 

    Lee, Lina Jisun (2004)
    This thesis will preserve and exploit the inimitable urban condition of the High Line by suggesting that its current alien presence in the city can be reclaimed and experienced while simultaneously maintaining the integrity ...
  • Architecture and the productive implications of pause 

    Hewett, Daniel Merritt (1992)
    To move through space is to change. Individuals and communities have always moved for change; within and over their own cultural borders. Yet, it is only by not moving, by breaking an ongoing migration, that certain critical ...
  • Architecture for a sustainable society 

    Marks, David Emerson (1993)
    Modernism has radically endangered the nature of mankind's relation to the planet upon which we depend for survival, and humanity now has the ability to destroy our environment. Modern culture is unsustainable, and to avoid ...
  • B(u)y the sea 

    Montag, John Dominic (2003)
    This thesis proposes an alternative development for the Odaiba reclamation site. This alternative consists of terrain manipulation and modified infrastructure, as well as procedural guidelines. By forgrounding the artificiality ...
  • Bayou Mile (Texas) 

    Easterling, John Samuel (1993)
    This architectural design thesis contends that meaning is found not in historical typologies and static conceptions of architectural form but in the specifics of the proposed architecture's conditions--in its precise ...
  • Beating the bounds 

    Pottorf, Michelle Debra (1998)
    A framework capable of escaping the bipolarities inherent in traditional urban/suburban classifications is designed not only for the analysis of historical form, but also as a means of identifying more affective modes of ...
  • BIOcity 

    Harrington, Anthony Joseph (2005)
    This thesis seeks to offer strategies for the densification of various American cities developing its hypothesis through the use of biomimicry and the analysis of indigenous ecosystems. Solutions will be devised and tested ...
  • Building on the past: A multi-service center in Houston's Fourth Ward (Texas) 

    Minus, Stephen Keator (1992)
    Houston's Fourth Ward has often been the object of redevelopment schemes which call for extensive change. The most recent such plan would save neighborhood houses, but would displace residents. To so easily separate buildings ...
  • Capturing the city/spatializing the captured: An animated documentary of Hong Kong 

    Cheung, Yim-Fun Lucia (1999)
    The incredible density and the ever-moving round-the clock public transport constitute the vibrant character of Hong Kong. In this totally consumptive city where the turnover rate is unbelievably fast, people have no time ...
  • Chapter 43: Un-steady states for Houston 

    Stockwell, David (2003)
    If the Montrose district's most salient character is cultural diversity, then the restrictions set forth by the City of Houston Planning Department's 'Chapter 42' have proven insufficient, in fact counterproductive to ...
  • Compressed strip: The deceleration of the automobile 

    Cruz, Maria del Carmen (2000)
    I am interested in erasing the disparity between the body and the automobile by allowing both to participate in a new and common public space simultaneously. This new public space incorporates various diverse models of ...
  • Conflicting systems: A mediation of the natural, the man-made, and the in-between 

    Phillips, James Eric (1998)
    Architecture and the conceptions of urban and rural space have been drastically transformed by the continuous expansion of the man-made into the natural rural landscape. The collision of man-made and natural environments ...
  • Conflux: Infrastructure for a hyper-connected urbanism 

    Umansky Brener, Ricardo (2010)
    The last decades, have seen Mexico's City's urban conditions change, from what many people believe to be a place of untapped possibilities to what now many refer to as a failed state. It's hyperdense conditions coupled ...
  • Consolidation versus fragmentation: Testing optimum metropolitan government structure 

    Moore, Philip Dyer (1997)
    The proportion of a unit of government's budget devoted to labor costs determines whether cost reductions at the metropolitan level are achieved through fragmentation or consolidation. Consolidating capital intense functions ...
  • Contingent patterns 

    Cross, Robert Jason (2010)
    Contingent Patterns looks to challenge the classical assumptions of variation and contingency in todays urban model. Starting with a lineage of conceptual planning and occupation strategies---the highway is antagonized as ...
  • [D]urbanism: The revelation of repressed transgression 

    Hickey, Donald (2010)
    Detroit lays stunned as the product of abusive parenting. The loyal workhorse of the American Dream wallows in the dedicated obsolescence of an economic monoculture and fiends for the opiate of capitalism. Yet despite the ...
  • Detroit: Return of the cityzen 

    Ratkowski, Eric (2006)
    Detroit has steadily declined as a city since the height of its greatness in the 1950s. Deindustrialization, suburbanization, divisive racism, and disenfranchisement have taken a toll on a city that once stood for the ...
  • Distributed Dionysia 

    Walsh, Seanna (2010)
    Public space in the American city is in a state of social and spatial indeterminacy. Situated within a sprawling aggregation of suburban back lawns, the redundant green space of the park appears as an absurd deformity in ...
  • Drawing the line: An exploration of urban edge conditions (Washington) 

    Meisburger, Halliday Watt (1992)
    The thesis investigates a means of establishing a more meaningful connection between the individual and the city through providing opportunities to experience urban space in an atypical manner. The atypical is created by ...
  • Driving forces: Projections of the car city 

    Rowell, Heather Brooke (2009)
    As the threat of a global energy crisis becomes increasingly apparent, the viability of the current automobile, along with its tailored national infrastructure and the beloved car-culture, is in certain jeopardy. This ...
  • Eco-metropolis: Tourism of the urban ecology 

    Kraft, Patrick Michael (2005)
    In this era of "experience economy," urban areas face increasing pressure to distinguish themselves in a world dominated by globalization. At the same time these same metropolitan areas struggle to cope with the imbalance ...
  • Enabling the wild Be[ij]ing: Try-out for the future of hyper-density 

    Wang, Shuo (2006)
    EWB is a direct attempt to deal with numerous uncontrolled urban emergences in Beijing; instead of the current stratifying process, it offers strategies for intensifying the dynamic density through enabling the massive ...
  • Enframements: Valuating decay in the city 

    Montoya, Eran (1995)
    Unrecognized by most Houstonians, the city is riddled with empty spaces. Abandoned sites are overlooked by denizens of a city that constantly erases its own past, reinventing itself completely anew. Ties to the past are ...
  • Exchange in the barranco: Organizing the internal economy 

    Herrera Duran, Yvette (2010)
    This thesis problematizes the infrastructural and social boundaries of informal settlements established in anomalous depressed tissues within the gridded city. It does so by proposing a new urban strategy that intends to ...
  • Exploiting the edge: Infrastructure and development of Sandia Pueblo's southern border and casino 

    Armstrong, Krista Lee (1998)
    Recent manipulations and exploitations of the law have allowed the Indian tribes to operate and profit from casinos and gaming activities. The resulting juxtapositions question the relationships between Reservations, Cities, ...
  • Extended family housing: On suture in the formal and social construction of housing 

    Hill, Douglas Eric (1995)
    The lack of zoning in Houston weakens typological identity in the architecture of the city and precipitate new morphologies in urban form. A formal analysis of commercial development in the residential area of Montrose ...
  • Extraterritorial-bound: An urban typology of exception 

    Harkema, Lindsay (2010)
    This thesis inserts a new urban typology into the city, shifting spatial, political, and programmatic boundaries by constructing a new extraterritorial ground. Extraterritoriality, the state of exception from local ...
  • Fat City (a post-movement manifesto) 

    Sheridan, Christian Nikirk (2005)
    The suburbs are making us fat. Fat is driving the suburbs. In an age when most things are measured by their efficient movement, suburban design spirals inward to a terminating node where stored equipment augments an ...
  • Fatal attractions: The pleasures of spectacular terror 

    Husain, Asma (2010)
    Each spectacularly publicized terrorist event strengthens our fascination with death and destruction. Barricaded behind architectures of control, our anxieties and fears escalate. Rather than diminishing our dread, we watch ...
  • Field of edges 

    Robinson, John Michael (2006)
    "Field of Edges" investigates how design modulates social and material worlds. Operative systems, infrastructural (freeways, roads) and ecological (bayous, land mosaics), provide objects of study to investigate territoriality ...
  • Firm location and productivity: Internal and external factors for local industrial growth 

    Witt, Christian Volker (1995)
    The effects of localization and urbanization economies, and firm specific factors on local industrial growth were tested for the electronic components industry (SIC 367) in Texas for the 6-year period, 1988 to 1994. The ...
  • Four bridges, one trench, a few cars and lots of people (Texas) 

    Rudloff, Francis Xavier (1994)
    When U. S. Highway 59 was constructed through Houston, Texas in the 1950's a trench was dug. One neighborhood became two, as a third community of automobile commuters filled the gap. The proposition of the design thesis ...
  • From the arcade to the shopping mall: The transformation of public space 

    Schaule, Petra (1991)
    An inquiry into the loss of urbanity in the contemporary city initiated a historical study of public space. The public space of today's mall is introverted and isolated from its environment--the disintegrated, decaying ...
  • Gezi Park Kampanyasi: Resurfacing an urban park/Istanbul/2002--2006 

    Durusoy, Cemre (2001)
    Open spaces, like urban parks in cities are impaired between the bureaucracy of the city government and the imperatives of commercialization. They are stagnant, unable to challenge the imagination. They melt into the ...
  • Global/local-[re]construction and [re]spatialization in the post-apartheid condition 

    Osayimwese, Itohan Iriagbonse (2001)
    This thesis explores the construction and [re]construction of society on global, national, local, and individual levels. Postapartheid South Africa is in the midst of a transformative nationalist culture project. The ...
  • Hard Core Urbanism: Urban planning at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin after the German reunification 

    Schmidt, Christian Olaf (1996)
    Hard Core Urbanism is the tendency to produce corporate enclaves within the fluid city. The garrison mentality denies the complex and interwoven processes exemplified by the history of Potsdamer Platz. Breaking the ...
  • Havana (after)life: Touring the entropics 

    Risteen, Nicholas Moore (2007)
    While Havana's status as the 'Pearl of the Caribbean' dissipated in 1959, Cuba and its capital survived the subsequent 30 years as a relatively prosperous Caribbean nation under communist control. Soviet communism's ...
  • Healing the circulatory wound 

    Jones, Ryan D. (2005)
    Healing the circulatory wound is not a project embedded in architectures contemporary preoccupation with romantic relationships between highway and building through circulatory fluxes, speeds, and flows. Rather, this thesis ...
  • High speed suburbanism: Developing transit infrastructures in a disconnected metropolis 

    McWilliams, John Riddle, Jr (2010)
    The current interest in developing mobility alternatives such as high-speed rail and commuter rail systems in our auto dominated American regions poses new possibilities to reimagine our sprawling, disconnected, suburban ...
  • Hill top housing: Reconfiguring the suburban condition 

    Quan, Peony Letitia (1995)
    Blandness and paranoia in the architecture of the domestic realm has, to a great degree, been influenced by the current mode of information--the act of viewing this information, its pacing, and its rhythm. Reality is ...
  • Home as investment: Housing markets and cultures of urban change in Houston 

    Espino, Nilson Ariel (2005)
    The dissertation is an ethnographic study of the conventions and practices of the actors of the US middle-class housing market concerning housing and neighborhood architectural change and management and its perceived ...
  • Houston inside, slowly 

    Moreau, Lee (2000)
    When Houston looks at itself, it is usually through a windshield. As Reyner Banham realized in Los Angeles, one must learn to drive in order to experience the city at the rate and scale in which it is continuously designed. ...
  • How to design with the animal: Constructing posthumanist environments 

    Dodington, Edward M. (2009)
    Working with and designing with other, non-human, biological species is one of the deepest challenges facing architecture today and human development in general. Rather than to preserve, or cater to outside species "How ...
  • Hybrid housing 

    Schroeder, Thomas (2005)
    A new strategy is needed in the housing industry. With a flux of unconventional residents moving back into the city an entire industry of "urban" housing has emerged. The products of this production housing are advertised ...
  • Hybrid sponges 

    Murillo, Victor Manuel (2003)
    The ground in Houston is characterized by its low permeability rate. This condition, combined with the standard manner of building construction, is pushing the drainage system to the limits, increasing the possibility of ...
  • In this place with no names (Houston, Texas) 

    Hofius, W. Douglas (1992)
    This investigation begins and ends with conditions present in the city of Houston, which in many ways typify processes at work in other urban centers around the country and around the world. One senses, in the vast empty ...
  • Incrementalism: Re/inserting into the homogenous, block by block development of Houston's 4th Ward, or, How to put out a gentri-fire 

    Geiger, Matthew (2007)
    The current state of the 4th ward is one of atrophy and gentrification. The existing housing stock, as well as existing demographic and community structures are being replaced block by block with a drastically different, ...